In the end, the Board of Assessors chose the man they know for the full-time position of head of assessments.
James F. Doherty, who resigned from the Board of Assessors in May without explanation, was voted on Monday, July 21, to be the next full-time director of assessments. The advertised annual salary range for the position, as of July 1, was $78,870 to $113,972.
Kevin Feeley and Robert Greeley voted in favor of Doherty. Mary Winstanley O'Connor, an attorney, abstained from the vote because Doherty is one of her clients. She declined to join the discussion before the vote but asked questions during the interviews.
Greeley, who been the town's assessments director for 24 years before retiring in 2011, called Doherty "the most qualified ... head and shoulders." Feeley, the board chair, agreed. Doherty will be leaving the job of appraiser/assistant assessor in Burlington, where he has been since 2010.
The board allotted 30 minutes voted to interview each of the finalists, including Jean-Paul Plouffe, principal assessor for the Town of Westford, and Thaddeus "Tad" J. Jankowski, who has held positions in Natick, Alexandria, Va., and Worcester.
Doherty will be taking the position that became vacant in April, when John B. Speidel resigned for reasons that have not been disclosed. Job details for Doherty are expected to be worked out next week. The annual salary in the last year Speidel worked here was $92,275.
A recently completed a round of townwide compliance checks in collaboration with the state at Arlington massage and bodywork establishments found several violations, police and health officials announced Tuesday, July 22.
Police Chief Frederick Ryan and Director of Health and Human Services Christine Bongiorno said in a news release that the Division of Professional Licensure issued $2,200 in fines. In addition, multiple false and/or improper advertisements were ordered removed, code violations were ordered to be corrected and a possible illegal living situation was identified.
"These periodic checks are performed to ensure that massage and bodywork facilities are operating in a safe manner and that they are not performing illegal or unlicensed services,” Bongiorno said in the release.
Robert "Bob" A. Havern III, who served Arlington as a state senator and representative as well as selectman, died Saturday, July 19. He was 65.
Havern, a Democrat, served as state senator for 16 years, from 1991-2007, and state representative for four years, from 1987 to 1991. He was an Arlington selectman from 1978 to 1986.
The Fourth Middlesex District includes Arlington, Billerica and Burlington and parts of Lexington and Woburn. Havern, of Boston and Arlington, resigned from office in August 2007 to take a job at Mintz Levin.
Havern attended Harvard, where he played on the hockey team from 1970 to 1972.
"Bob was a larger-than-life guy, who was a great husband, father, brother and family man," his sister Cindy Bouvier, director of wellness and counseling for the Arlington public schools, wrote July 21.
Public-arts fund-raiser draws 96 entries, $9,000
The summer-evening light was cheerful, and the estimated 100 people attended were careful as they stepped around the entries at the awards ceremony of the third Chairful Where You Sit.
Winners of the Peoples' Choice Awards among 96 entries in the temporary outdoor art installation at Whittemore Park, in front of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, were Anastasia Semash ("Family Chair"), Amy Goldstein and Steph Miserlis ("Throne of Games") and Amy Hoff ("X-Ray"). At right are the winning entries.
Photo gallery >>
"We have to keep doing this right?" Adria Arch, an Arlington artist who dreamed up the creative fund-raiser, asked. Definite applause provided the answer.
She said July 21 that effort raised about $9,000, including entry fees and sales.
Asked how many attending took chairs from the trash and reshaped them in imaginative ways, a variety of hands went up. See a list of participating artists here >>
As the excitement builds toward the second annual Arlington Short Animation Film Festival to take place Friday, Aug. 8, (rain date Aug. 9), ACMi's Studio Knights production group is offering an Animation Workshop Extravaganza on three Wednesdays, July 16, 23 and 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., at ACMi Studio A, 85 Park Ave.
Free to all ACMi members.
Money aids Ottoson, high school
As part of the Green Communities program, the state has awarded Arlington a $247,894 grant aimed at aiding energy reduction, part of $7.9 million given to 43 communities statewide. The local money benefits Arlington public schools.
"This grant award is both a testament to the Patrick Administration’s commitment to energy initiatives and recognition of Arlington’s dedication to reducing both energy costs and carbon emissions,” said Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine.
"This funding will serve the dual purpose of assisting in making necessary facility upgrades, and also help meet the Board of Selectmen’s goal of reducing town energy costs over time. This grant award would not have been possible without the hard work of Ruthy Bennett, regional energy manager; Facilities Superintendent Mark Miano and the volunteers on the Energy Working Group and Sustainable Arlington."
Music keeps brewin' at Menotomy Grill.
Performing free (no cover) Thursday, July 24, 9:30 to midnight, an unnamed special guest, a rising-star soul singer.
Hosted by Jesse Williams. The band will include Menotomy regulars: Williams (Al Kooper) Bruce Bears (Mavis Staples, Duke Robillard), Mark Teixeira (Duke Robillard, Rick Danko), Lyle Brewer (Ryan Montbleau)
Join Arlington Recreation and the Arlington Parks Alliance for a Moonlight Beach Party at the Arlington Reservoir , from 7 to 11 p.m.
Arlington Reservoir Beach will be transformed into a paradise under the stars as we come together as a community to celebrate, and raise funds and awareness for Arlington’s parks all while enjoying an adult evening filled with music, dancing, on-site grilled dinner provided by Blue Ribbon BBQ, live auction and raffles.
UPDATED, July 22: Work has begun in earnest on the first phase of the $6.84 million Mass. Ave. project, starting at Pond Lane and heading toward Cambridge.
Gregory Oswitt, project manager for J.H. Lynch & Sons Inc., based in R.I. with one office in Millbury, explained the expected time frame of construction.
June 27: Word on the Street looks at Allen Street | July 2: Wyman Street bump-outs | July 7: Clues on Grafton Street | July 16: Survey crews east of Capitol Square | July 18: Grafton St. staging | July 20: Trees wrapped | July 22: John Deere lands
As of the week of July 14, work associated with the reconstruction of Mass. Ave. in East Arlington is ongoing. During this week, continued installation of tree protection is taking place along with the cleaning of storm drain catch basins in the project area.
During the week of July 21, tree and drain inlet protection will continue and drainage work will begin midweek. Removal of trees in the way of project improvements may begin during this week.
During the final week of July, drainage work will continue. Tree removal and test borings for new traffic signals may be conducted during this week as well.